Recent App Reviews
There's a lot to like about Seasonality Go ($9.99), a weather app for the iPad. And others must agree, because it's among the top 10 highest-grossing apps (including a stint at number 1). One of the things that sets it apart is all the different ways you can configure it. The app comes with a default interface that is itself quite effective. But you can also add additional screens, choosing from the 7 that they offer. In addition, you can create your own screens, selecting the elements that you'd like to have in your interface.
Thanks to the size and resolution of the iPad, graphic artists finally have a device that is both easy to use and extremely versatile when it comes to creative visual expression. Since the iPad's launch, several drawing applications have been released but few of them have the ease of use and intuitive, non-obtrusive user interface that Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro has to offer.
Of all the gadgets I get to test, I was anticipating the ZOMM (http://www.ZOMM.com) more than any other. I have attended press briefings at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for a couple of decades, and the past two years, ZOMM was demonstrating their prototype but now it is finally shipping!
The big companies have accountants and endless assistants to take care of their finances, so why not you? Sign up with Pageonce Bills financial-tracking services and turn your iPhone into a personal bill reminder! I need to stipulate that you have to enter real personal financial information into the Pageonce on-line system, which I am assured is well-protected (but you should read and understand the user agreements on the site first). Pageonce provided a test account so that I could write a review...
I’m pretty sure it’s been at least a couple of days since I’ve reviewed a match 3 game, so I figured it was time to go down that road again. This journey takes us to Paradise Quest, a match 3 game by I-Play about restoring an island to its former state of paradise. I have to admit that at first it felt like “just another match 3 game”, but either I really love the genre or the game does grow on you after a while. Add to that the whole concept of building up and island and there’s something worth exploring here. There’s even multiplayer if you’re so inclined, which is quite unusual for this style of game play. Overall there’s plenty to do in an environment that gets more enchanting each time I visit.
Wallpaper, or custom backgrounds, can be a nice way to personalize your phone and it is surprising it took so long for this ability to reach the iPhone. Perhaps it is even more surprising that custom wallpapers are not available on the iPhone 3G, even with iOS 4.0, but I guess Apple has to draw the line somewhere. In a reply to a customer email, Steve Jobs himself said it was a performance issue.
I actually got an iPhone 4, yesterday, a day early due to some lucky mail fluke. Today I tried FaceTime with blogger Todd Bernhard. Todd will probably write about it here and/or in our next issue. I also used the flash in the camera. I liked both features, although both have a ways to go. However, what I was most impressed with based on what I will get the most use of is the ebook reading experience.
The built-in Yahoo weather in iOS is okay, but if you are looking for something more robust--an app featuring satellite and radar map looping, METAR, trends, and more--you will want to check out Pocket Weather from SBSH Software.
Geardome's Ozone HD asks in its description, "Can a game be a piece of art?" In the case of Ozone HD, the answer is yes. While the art may be abstract and inspired from previous arcade puzzle classics such as Marble Madness, there are enough unique attributes and approaches to the play field that make Ozone HD a memorable gaming experience.
iBooks 1.1 out with PDF support – mini-review & full (!) comparison & feature chart
You may already have noticed that iBooks 1.1 has been released some 4-5 hours ago for iOS4-based iPhones and iPod touches (and, of course, the iPad).
Well, to make a long story short, I’ve expected more. FAR more. Unfortunately, the PDF support in iBooks 1.1 doesn’t really live up to my expectations – some of the third-party PDF readers (e.g., GoodReader, iAnnotator etc.) are way more powerful.
There are only three areas where I can only recommend iBooks 1.1:
- Night-time reading: third-party apps that do support “decreasing” the backlight just make whites darker (that is, decrease the contrast of the page).